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Bengals Bytes (6/4): Return of Dalton line

One podcast uses Andy Dalton to show who is an above and below average quarterback using Dalton as median. Does Jeremy Maclin make sense for the Ravens? Travis Benjamin says Johnny Manziel is ready for a comeback.

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Grading the Cincinnati Bengals’ 2017 NFL draft class
With their first two picks, the Bengals loaded up on risky but explosive weapons for quarterback Andy Dalton and the offense, following them with a pair of talented pass-rushers. With a ton of mid-round picks at their disposal, Cincy filled tons of needs on both sides of the ball, including adding competition at kicker.

Bengals have all the Super Bowl weapons they need
The time has come for the Cincinnati Bengals to make a legitimate run at the Holy Grail of football. During the offseason, they made all the moves necessary to make things happen. Granted, there were no huge, earth-shaking free agency moves. But, they did more than the usual. The defense is getting a facelift and the offense has speed as its middle name. This year, there can be no excuses about what happened. The Bengals have the weapons. It’s time to make a move.

Cincinnati Bengals looking for more than a playoff win
It can get really easy to fall into that mediocre rut. Actually, it’s not even about the playing. The Bengals have proven they can ball with the best of the NFL, on a good day. Unfortunately, the 2016 season was not only bad, it was a nightmare. After teasing fans with an almost W in the Wild Card round, it was more heartache and wishful thinking. But, this new edition of the Bengals is looking for something more.

Former K-State star Jordan Willis comes to defense of coach Bill Snyder
In the wake of the Corey Sutton situation, former K-State star Jordan Willis is publicly coming to the defense of coach Bill Snyder. Willis, a Rockhurst High grad who was taken in the third round this year by the Cincinnati Bengals, released the following statement

The 2017 Dalton scale
A room filled with heroes – Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling, & Gregg Rosenthal – recap all the latest news from around the NFL including Matt Jones dropping down the depth chart, Christine Michael signing with the Colts, and the Titans offensive line partying for the Nashville Predators. The heroes then bring back the Andy Dalton scale to find the prime meridian of signal callers in order to rank every pro quarterback.

PFW Podcast 047: Offseason recap of Bengals and Chiefs
Our offseason recap series rolls on with's Jim Owczarski and The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor. Jim sets the stage for a make-or-break season for the NFL's second-longest tenured coach, Marvin Lewis, and adds context to Joe Mixon's arrival and the Bengals' problem child reputation. Paylor describes the early Alex Smith-Pat Mahomes dynamic and what to expect in Tyreek Hill's encore and from Justin Houston after a lost season.

AFC North Bytes

Steelers rookie CB Cameron Sutton making plays in OTAs
Football in shorts is, well, football in shorts, but there comes a point where football is still football. Plays have to be made. If a quarterback throws a 50-yard pass to a streaking wide receiver, and he drops it, do the coaches care if he is in shorts or game pants? I doubt it.

Ravens make sense for Jeremy Maclin, if they have the cap space
The Chiefs’ surprising decision to cut receiver Jeremy Maclin on Friday instantly makes Maclin the most attractive free agent on the market, a player who will have multiple offers. One of those offers will surely come from Baltimore.

Who's the way-too-early leader to start at quarterback? Browns podcast
The Browns returned to the field this week as OTAs continued. Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot, Scott Patsko and I got together to talk all things Browns including.

Random Bytes

It’s A Good Time To Be A Patriots Fan
The normal way to measure a franchise’s winning percentage is the simplest. All you need to do is take the team’s total number of wins, add to that number the total number of ties divided by two, and then take that sum and divide it by the team’s total number of games.

Travis Benjamin Says Johnny Manziel Is 'Ready to Come Back' to NFL
On NFL Network's Up To The Minute with Andrew Siciliano (h/t's Conor Orr), Benjamin said the following regarding Johnny Football's NFL future: "I saw Johnny about a month ago through this (personal trainer) guy we go to in San Diego, and he's looking good. He says he's ready to come back and hopefully he'll get a shot at a team and he'll go in, continue to humble himself and play smart and play good."

Alex Smith Says He Is 'Shocked' Jeremy Maclin Was Released by Chiefs
One day after the Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, quarterback Alex Smith noted his surprise at the move. Per Blair Berkhoff of the Kansas City Star, Smith said he was "shocked" at the Chiefs' decision to part ways with Maclin.

Colin Kaepernick, Seahawks Contract Reportedly Didn't Happen Because of Money
The Seattle Seahawks have passed on signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick, at least for now, due to financial reasons. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported the Seahawks and Kaepernick were "apart on money" when they met last week. Since becoming a free agent in March after opting out of his deal with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick's only visit with a team was in Seattle on May 24.